Sri-Lanka-Tour---11-Nights-12-Days-map

Duration / Period of Trip

09 days

Theme

Splendid Wildlife

Key Places

Pinnawela, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Kandy,Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Galle

Key Activities

City and Historical tours, Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park, Expedition to Horton Plains, Spotting Leopards in Yala

Accommodation

Boutique and Luxury Hotels

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Airport – Dambulla or Sigiriya (170 Km – 4.5 Hours)
Arrival at Bandaranaika International Airport. Our Tour Representative will receive you at the airport and transfer you to Sigiriya.

Enroute

  • Visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage where around 70 orphaned elephants are fed and looked after by the wild life authorities.
    Airport to Pinnawela: 85 km – 2 Hours
  • Visit 2nd century Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla, which is the largest area of cave paintings found in the world. It has 5 caves with over 2,000 square meters of paintings and over 150 Buddha rock carvings.

 

Suggested Hotel

Arika Villas
Arika Villas
Aliya Resort & Spa
Aliya Resort & Spa

 


 

Day 2

Sigiriya

Morning

  • Climb the 5th century Rock Fortress of Sigiriya famed for its beautiful frescoes and water fountains. Sigiriya is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD).The rock has the local race of Peregrine and the surrounding scrub jungle has many species of Cuckoos and Weavers.

Afternoon

  • Jeep safari to Minneriya National Park. The wetland habitat of Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka is inhabited by a large number of mammals such as elephants, sambars, leopards, sloth bears and the purple faced leaf monkey. The best season to view the animals is during the dry season from June to September when they gather in huge herds at the banks of the Minneriya reservoir. Visitors are also spot the endangered red lipped lizard and the Sri Lankan swamp crocodile in the reservoir. In addition to the various species of mammals, the Minneriya National Park is also home to rare aquatic bird species such as the little cormorant. In addition to them, the painted strokes, Great white pelicans, Ruddy turnstones and Grey herons can also been spotted at the reserve. Early morning and late evening are perfect timings to spot these migratory birds.

 

Suggested Hotel

Arika Villas
Arika Villas
Aliya Resort & Spa
Aliya Resort & Spa

 

 


 

Day 3

Sigiriya – Kandy(110 Km – 3.5 Hours)

Morning :

  • Drive to Kandy. En route, visit a Batik factory and experience the intricate art of traditional hand-made Batiks.

Optional

  • Tour of the city and surrounding areas of Kandy including visit to an arts & crafts center, a gem museum, a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.
  • Witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing

 

Suggested Hotel

Clove Villa
Clove Villa
Elephant Stable
Elephant Stable

 


 

Day 4

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya(90 Km – 3 hours)

Morning

  • After early breakfast visit to Botanical Gardens. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. The diversity of trees creates diverse habitats for many species of birds such as Hill Mynah, Tickell’s Blue flycatcher, Magpie robin, black-headed Oriole and endemic Sri Lanka Hanging parrot and Layard’s Parakeet.
  • Thereafter leave for Nuwara Eliya. En route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where you can taste the finest tea in the world. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Dinner and overnight stay in NUWARA ELIYA.

Suggested Hotel

Ferncliff  Bungalow
Ferncliff Bungalow
Stafford Bungalow
Stafford Bungalow

 

Day 5

Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains(35 Km – 1.5 hours)

Morning :

  • After early breakfast visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. This area is a home for Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul, black-throated Munia and many more birds. If you like to enjoy the beauty of the area you can visit the ‘World’s End’, considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls.

 

Suggested Hotel

Ferncliff  Bungalow
Ferncliff Bungalow
Stafford Bungalow
Stafford Bungalow

 


Day 6

Nuwara Eliya – Yala (190 Km – 5 hours)

Drive along the mountain descent to the Yala in the
dry-zone

En route

  • Visit the Elephant Transit Home at Uda Walawe run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department. Here about 22 young elephants, mostly babies, who have been orphaned or recovering from injuries, are being rehabilitated before release into the wild. The elephant population in Sri Lanka was at one time as high as 20,000 , but has fallen to about 3,500 and conservation efforts such as the Elephant Transit Camp in Uda Walawe are vital to the future of this endangered species. The orphaned baby elephants reside at the transit camp for about four years until they are old enough to be weaned of milk and learn to eat grass and other vegetation from the bush. The Wild Life Department has initiated a Baby Elephant Adoption Programme where individuals can provide funding on a monthly basis and become a foster parent to a baby elephant of their choice

 

Suggested Hotel

Cinnamon Wild
Cinnamon Wild
Jetwing Yala
Jetwing Yala

 


 

Day 7

Yala

Morning

  • Jeep safari to Yala, a nature reserve and national park with a total protected area of 126,768 hectares, consists of scrub plains, lagoons, and rocky sections and is home to a variety of animals including Leopard, elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys, buffalos and many species of endogenous and migratory birds.

 

Suggested Hotel

Cinnamon Wild
Cinnamon Wild
Jetwing Yala
Jetwing Yala

 

 


 

Day 8

Yala – Galle(200 Km – 5 hours)

Drive along the scenic southern coastline to the historic city of Galle.

En route

  • Visit Rekuwa, a small fishing village near Tangalle where a fascinating Marine Turtle Conservation project is helping to save this endangered species. Globally, all seven species of marine turtles existing are endangered. Out of these seven, five species of sea turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe

Afternoon

  • Visit the historic city of Galle which was once the chief port of ancient Sri Lanka. The Galle Fort was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. It is a living world heritage site. It is also famous for its hand- made lace.

 

Suggested Hotel

Apa Villa Illuketiya
Apa Villa Illuketiya
Kahanda Kanda
Kahanda Kanda

 


Day 9

Galle – Airport(150 Km – 2.5 Hours)

After breakfast drive to the Bandaranaika International Airport for your return flight to your home country.


Tour Highlights

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